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Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Silvana Aceto

Important Tips for Drivers During Back-to-school Season

As summer draws to a close and the classroom bell rings in the new school year, over 800,000 students across Ontario will ride the bus back to school. CAA South Central Ontario is reminding drivers to slow down in school zones and watch for flashing bus lights. Here are a few more quick tips for drivers, students and bus riders:

Back-to-school tips for drivers:

  • Always check for children on the sidewalk, driveway and behind your vehicle before backing up
  • Remember to slow down in school zones
  • Be ready to stop at all times as children may dart out between parked vehicles
  • Try to make eye contact with children waiting to cross the street
  • Remember to slow down in school zones
  • Come to a complete stop for school buses when red lights are flashing

Back-to-school tips for students:

  • Stop before stepping onto the road
  • Look in all directions before crossing the street
  • Listen for traffic
  • Walk, don’t run, across the road

Bus safety rules:

  • Be at the bus stop ahead of time
  • Stand back from the edge of the road in a safe location
  • Hold the hand rail when boarding or exiting the bus
  • Keep feet out of the aisle to avoid tripping others
  • Keep your head and arms inside the bus
  • Always follow the bus driver’s instructions

CAA School Safety Patrollers dedicate over 3.45 million volunteer hours each year helping their fellow classmates get to and from school safety. There are over 55 police services, more than 800 schools and over 20,000 elementary school students involved in the CAA School Safety Patrol program.

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